When your face breaks out in acne the night before an important event, what can you do?! Try the Charcoal Remedy! Step 1: Start with Salicylic Cleanse your skin with a salicylic acid-based cleanser. (Neutrogena oil-free acne wash is a great start!) Salicylic acid exfoliates the skin and soothes any inflammation. Pour a quarter-sized amount of cleanser into your hand and massage it into damp skin using a circular motion for two minutes while avoiding the eye area. Rinse your face with cool water and pat it dry. Step Two: Clear Out with Charcoal Use a charcoal face mask to draw out the gunk that is really deep inside your skin. Charcoal acts like a magnet for oil and buildup and dries out breakouts while preventing those about to surface. Smooth the mask over your face and allow it to sink in, but not completely dry. Rinse the mask off with warm water, and use a clean cloth to remove any stubborn patches.